We’re all craving a different view than the one out of our kitchen window, but after five months of lockdown and with circumstances changing all the time, it’s near impossible to plan a trip. What if the travel corridors list changes again and you have to cancel at the last minute? Let us put your mind to rest. These 18 unique hotels are all located within the UK, making travel plans a breeze.
Plus, they all offer free cancellation (so that if plans do change, you don’t have to worry), they are all prepared for COVID-19 and sport a high cleanliness score on Scyscanner’s database. Whether it’s a fabulous staycation in London and beyond, or a relaxing getaway amidst nature in Wales and Scotland, these unique hotels will be your (safe) home away from home.
You can visit these unique hotels right now:
- Vintry & Mercer, City, London, UK
- The Chesterfield Mayfair, London, UK
- The Henrietta Hotel, London, UK
- Market Street Hotel, Edinburgh, UK
- Windlestraw, Walkerburn, Scottish Borders, UK
- Carradales Luxury Guest House, Campbeltown, UK
- The New White Lion, Llandovery, UK
- Portclew House, Pembroke, UK
- The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath, UK
- The Old Stocks Inn, Stow on the Wold, UK
- Sleep Split, Split, Croatia
- Heritage Hotel Dea, Hvar, Croatia
- Hotel Telegraaf, Tallin, Estonia
- Grand Poet by Semerah, Riga, Latvia
- Ekies All Senses Resort, Halkidiki, Greece
- Olea All Suite Hotel, Zakinthos, Greece
- Snowhotel Kirkenes, Finnmark, Norway
- citizenM Copenhagen Radhuspladsen Hotel, Denmark
Superb places to stay in London
For when you crave a UK staycation with a healthy sprinkle of luxury, check out these unique hotels.
1. Vintry & Mercer
We’re all avoiding city crowds at the moment, and thankfully the 92 bespoke rooms and suites of Vintry & Mercer Hotel, in the heart of the City, offers a sophisticated respite. The large, ochre-coloured headboards with matching cotton velvet curtains of the standard rooms will keep the world at bay and if you really want to treat yourself, opt for a deluxe studio suite with a balcony overlooking the London skyline. Dine on Asian tapas at Vintry Izakaya, or on a full British menu with a view at the Mercer Roof Terrace. Then head down to the hotel’s basement speakeasy, the DND, for a retro nightcap.
2. The Chesterfield Mayfair
A few blocks from Hyde Park in elegant Mayfair, the Chesterfield hotel is one of the finest options in London accommodation, and ideal if you’re yearning for authentic, old world charm. With fabrics and furnishings emulating the elegance of nearby Savile Row (think blue and white stripes, mint floral and royal blues) a stay at The Chesterfield is as opulent as you deserve. Just make sure to head downstairs when it’s time for their award-winning afternoon tea service.
3. The Henrietta Hotel London
If you love great design almost as much as you love quality time with your significant other, the Henrietta hotel in the heart of Covent Garden serves as the ideal background for a romantic weekend. The unique hotel’s 18 curvaceous bedrooms nod to neoclassical design, inviting you to relax completely in their pink-and-blue-hued embrace. The romance continues at the restaurant, where Chef Valentin Pouzet combines flavours from southwest France, Corsica & the Basque country to create playful dishes paired with cool cocktails.
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4. Market Street Hotel, Edinburgh
One of the best-located, unique hotels in Edinburgh, Market Street Hotel is just a block away from buzzing Princess street. With hand-crafted furniture and a mid-century modern approach to furnishings, Market Street Hotel’s rooms and suites are the sanctuary you need for when you’re not roaming around the Scottish capital. Take in the views from the Vista suite or head to the seventh floor, where the hotel’s rooftop champagne bar, Nor’ Loft, offers a diverse array of alternatives to all the whisky you’ll probably be drinking.
5. Windlestraw, Walkerburn, Scottish Borders
Wondering what daily life is like in the Scottish borders? Short answer: quiet, beautiful and rich in history. Make the Edwardian manor of Windlestraw hotel your base as you visit Sir Walter Scott’s historic country mansion and Scotland’s oldest inhabited house at Traquair. Set in three acres of landscaped grounds, the six en-suite rooms of Windlestraw will help transport you back in time without sacrificing modern comforts. Meals at the restaurant are sustainable as can be, with staff growing as much produce as possible in the kitchen garden and getting the rest from local farms. Wind down with a locally produced craft beer, a single malt or a Scottish gin at the cosy bar.
6. Carradales Luxury Guest House, Campbeltown
The Kintyre Peninsula might just be one of the most beautiful places in Scotland, with its endless forest walks and the picturesque islands of Arran, Gigha, Jura, and Islay just a short ferry ride away. Set in a serene area with views to the forest, Carradales Luxury Guest House will be your Victorian home away from home as you explore around. Opportunities for hiking, golfing, fishing and water sports are all within your reach. Wind down with a hearty Scottish meal made from local, sustainable ingredients at Carradales restaurant and don’t forget to savour their selection of local whiskys.
Cosy unique hotels for exploring Wales
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7. The New White Lion, Llandovery
Located in Llandovery, just a stone throw’s away from Brecon Beacons National Park, the New White Lion hotel offers homely hospitality to a backdrop of dramatic landscapes. There are only five rooms, all inspired by characters in Welsh folklore, with a relaxed and elegant feel. The hotel serves several options of afternoon tea based on how simple or extravagant you prefer your cuppa and scones. After a full day of hiking, caving or paragliding at the park, this might be just what you need.
8. Portclew House, Pembroke
Explore the endless maritime landscapes of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park from Portclew House, in Pembroke. Whether you choose to stay at the Grade II-listed Georgian Country guesthouse or in one of their self-catering cottages, the proximity to the Freshwater East bay and the Pembrokeshire Coast Path means you’ll never be too far away from nature. At the guesthouse, all en-suite rooms offer garden views and breakfast is cooked with local produce on a charmingly retro AGA stove.
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9. The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath, UK
The UNESCO-protected city of Bath is a great destination for a staycation that’s both fascinating and deeply relaxing. Become one with the layers of history that surround you by booking your stay at The Gainsborough Bath Spa, originally built in the 1800s. Occupying two Grade II-listed buildings with gorgeous Victorian and Georgian façades, the hotel is the only in the city (and in all of the UK) that has access to Bath’s original thermal springs. Have a soak or indulge in a full body massage with neroli, rosemary and pine essential oils. Afterwards, find bliss in one of the custom furnished rooms that combine period details with modern luxury.
10. The Old Stocks Inn, Stow on the Wold, UK
In Stow on the Wold, one of the most picturesque towns of the Cotswolds, a unique staycation awaits. The Old Stocks Inn is a 17th-century, Grade II-listed hotel, that combines old-world charm with contemporary quirkiness. The hotel’s 16 bedrooms emanate a homey atmosphere, with big, comfortable beds, on-tap access to hot and cold drinks and a hearty Cotswold breakfast in the mix. The restaurant is all about British cuisine with a modern twist and a focus on sustainability, while the bespoke cocktail list at the bar features local spirits and inventive flavour pairings.
Ready to go a bit further afield?
If these staycations just didn’t float your boat, how about one of these beautiful hotels abroad? Coronavirus is very much still part of our lives at the moment, so remember to check local government guidelines before you book.
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11. Sleep Split
The vibrant city of Split has something for everyone, from a UNESCO-protected palace and medieval buildings in the Old Town, to one of the best family beaches in Croatia, Bačvice. The newly opened Sleep Split, set in a historical 15-century building, helps you explore all this and more. Catch a glimpse of the Old Town from your room and relax in the luxury surrounds before you plan your day in the Croatian city.
12. Heritage Hotel Dea, Hvar
Rustic and brimming with history, the family-run Heritage Hotel Dea in charming Hvar gets you experiencing everything the Dalmatian coast has to offer. Housed in a historic building just a stone’s throw away from Hvar’s major attractions (like the Arsenal, the Cathedral of St. Stephen and the scenic harbour), Heritage Hotel Dea’s room all offer breathtaking views and luxurious furnishings. After a day out exploring the island’s beaches (check out the quiet cove of Dubovica), you can unwind with a hearty meal that features the best of Dalmatian cuisine.
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13. Hotel Telegraaf, Tallinn, Estonia
Conveniently in Tallinn’s Medieval Old Town, Hotel Telegraaf has one of the best hotel spas in Estonia. Housed in a 1878 building, the hotel’s 83 rooms (including 4 suites, one of them presidential) offer mesmerising views to the Old Town and Art Deco-style design and furnishings. Enjoy top-notch spa treatments using Elemis products, from revitalising facials and hot-stone massages to two-hour spa rituals to leave you feeling brand new. After your treatment, enjoy a hearty meal that combines local ingredients with Russian and French influences at the Tchaikovsky restaurant.
14. Grand Poet by Semarah, Riga, Latvia
If you’re searching for the best spa in Riga, you might just find it within this charming hotel on Raiņa Boulevard. Grand Poet by Semarah is housed in a renovated historical building, offering 168 rooms oozing bohemian flair. As for the hotel’s spa, it’s not called Hedonic for nothing: here you can indulge in spa treatments using EviDenS de Beauté products, from aromatic massages (try the amber and the lavender) to black pearl treatments for full-body moisturising. Relax at the bio-sauna and the pool and, if you can drag yourself away, head to the nearby Bastion Hill park for a romantic stroll in the Latvian capital.
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15. Ekies All Senses Resort, Halkidiki
A family-friendly resort surrounded by crystal-clear waters and fragrant pine trees, at Ekies All Senses Resort you’ll finally understand the meaning of ‘barefoot luxury’. On an unspoiled beach on the east side of Sithonia, home of Halkidiki’s most breathtaking beaches, Ekies celebrates the lighter side of life in a playful setting that blends Greek heritage with contemporary international design. Don’t forget to dine at the Treehouse, an award-winning restaurant built (you guessed it) atop a tree, and explore the tropical waters of nearby Diaporos islet by renting a small boat.
16. Olea All Suite Hotel, Zakinthos
On the northeastern coast of verdant Zakinthos island and surrounded by thousand-year old olive trees, Olea All Suite Hotel is a secluded corner of paradise. Combining tropical notes with Mediterranean architecture, the hotel’s Sunset suites provide perfect immersion in the serene setting. What does floating in a 4000 sqm pool feel like? It’s time to find out. Note that Olea is an adults-friendly resort (accepting guests aged 12 and older) so it’s perfect for trying your hand at a ‘couple goals’ social media post.
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17. Snowhotel Kirkenes, Finnmark, Norway
A cool holiday alternative in every sense of the word, Snowhotel Kirkenes is the perfect starting point for your arctic adventure thanks to its setting in the northernmost corner of Norway, which borders Finland and Russia. The first hotel completely made of snow and ice in the world, here you’ll spend the night in a winter wonderland (don’t worry, they provide adequate blankets). Alternatively, opt for one of their Northern Light cabins, styled after traditional hunting huts, for a once-in-a-lifetime glamping experience.
18. citizenM Copenhagen Radhuspladsen Hotel, Denmark
The Danes are deservedly famous for their design skills, and citizenM Copenhagen Radhuspladsen in the heart of cosmopolitan Copenhagen is a great example. Slap bang in the city centre and a four-minute walk from the famous Tivoli gardens, the hotel offers a bold approach to urban minimalism, with Vitra brand furniture in the living room. The best part? The hotel has been contactless since before COVID-19, and you can control every element of your room using a MoodPad.